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San José State University Spartan Sports Collection
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Organizational History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Related Material

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: SJSU Special Collections & Archives
    Title: San José State University Spartan Sports Collection
    creator: San Jose State College
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS.2010.08.08
    Physical Description: 4 boxes (5.84 linear feet)
    Date (inclusive): 1907-2006
    Abstract: The Spartan Sports collection contains material related to San José State University athletics as well as official handbooks, manuals, and athletic rules for various other college sports, including many National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) publications.


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright is assigned to the San José State University Special Collections & Archives. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Special Collections & Archives. Copyright restrictions may apply to digital reproductions of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    The San José State University Spartan Sports Collection, MSS-2010-08-08

    Processing Information

    Collection processed, and finding aide encoded, by Lisa Zakharova in 2010. Reviewed by Danelle Moon. Collection rehoused and rearranged into three series by Alexandra Lynch, Spring 2017. Series IV. added by Dana V. Lema in 2018.

    Organizational History

    In 1857 the San Francisco Board of Education established Minns' Evening Normal School for current and prospective teachers in the city. Named after its principal, George W. Minns, the institution was formally established as the first California State Normal School by the State Legislature in 1862. A decade later, the Legislature voted to move the Normal School to San José, and the school relocated to its new home on Washington Square prior to the fall term of 1872. After a fire destroyed the Normal School building in 1880, the Legislature authorized $200,000 to construct a new building on the same site. Completed in 1881, the building was commonly referred to as the Second State Normal School. After several names and curriculum changes, Minns' Normal School is now San José State University, offering more than 134 bachelor's and master's degrees with 110 concentrations, and is recognized as one of the top public universities granting such degrees in the West.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The San José State University Spartan Sports collection consists of sports programs from the different sports departments at San José State University. The sport team programs featured in the collection include the following: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Judo, Rugby, Swimming, Tennis, and Track and Field. The collection also contains official handbooks, manuals and athletic rules for those sports. The majority of the collection consists of athletic rule books from 1908-1979.
    The E.B. DeGroot Official Athletic Almanacs contain rules, photographs, and official time records. Most books in the collection feature photographs of sports and sports teams. The collection also contains many National Collegiate Athletic Association publications.


    This collection is arranged into four series: Series I: Annual Sports Programs, 1948-2004; Series II: Printed Matter 1959-1989; Series III: National Rulebooks and Almanacs, 1907-1966 and Series IV: Ephemera, 1986-2006.

    Related Material

    The San José State University Football Programs Collection, MSS-2009-08-04
    The Pete Zidnak Collection of San Jose State University Sports History MSS-2009-11-04

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    College sports -- Rules
    College sports -- Records
    College sports -- California -- San José.
    San Jose State College -- Sports
    San José State University -- Sports
    San Jose State College